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Where do you go if you’re a homesick Yank in the UK or just in awe of all things American? No sweat, you’ve come to the right place – find diners to die for, cool cocktail bars and patriotic pick-me-ups with Square Meal’s list of the best North American restaurants in London.
This ode to New Orleans is a pitch-perfect rendition of the Stars and Stripes in culinary form, from the finger-lickin’ extra-meaty ribs to the down-home pecan pie. Ask for a table in the flag-strewn basement to enjoy rock-and-roll hits from the live band.
Three is the magic number at this out-and-out hit. Choose from three menu options: a juicy burger, grilled lobster or deep-filled lobster roll – all served with chips and salad. With all-American service, scrumptious food and killer cocktails, it’s easy to see why Londoners lap up ever thing B&L has to offer.
Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck's chain of high-end US steakhouses are a draw for celebrities Stateside and the brand's London outpost gives us Brits a bite of the glitzy apple. It’s undoubtedly very expensive, but if your pockets are deep enough, this is a tremendously fun import based on the sort of professionalism and can-do cheerfulness that Brits associate with US eateries.
Good old-fashioned hot dogs are an American classic – and Dach & Sons do their dogs right by making them on site. These franks get all fixed up with a variety of tasty toppings; the restaurant’s handmade sliders are also worth a try. Wash down all the goods with a craft beer or a hard-liquor cocktail.
This joint brings nostalgic American dishes and a New York City vibe to the table with its exposed brick walls, rockin’ tunes and jam-jar cocktails. Cherry-pick from the best plates America’s 50 states have to offer – from New England crab cakes to BBQ-glazed ribs.
Feel like the Fonz at this chic boutique diner in west London that serves breakfast all day, as well as malt shakes that come in three thicknesses.
This diner-esque pizzeria serves wagon wheel-sized pizzas and quality American lagers to fans of the Big Apple. There are also screens at the bar showing sports – plus, the restaurant offers a chauffeur-driven takeaway service.
This celebrated restaurant that sprung from the loins of a street-food wagon serves bourbon-laced cocktails, monster beef ribs perfectly sticky and blackened, and all manner of sides, from spicy 'slaw to mash topped with 'burnt ends'. A thumping soundtrack of American rock completes this hip experience. No bookings are taken so be prepared to queue for your supper.
Expose your inner hipster and head to this hip Dalston hangout – if your jeans are skinny and your haircut high you’ll fit right in. However, be prepared to loosen your belt when you tuck into the gluttonously delicious menu, which offers portions large enough to satisfy even the most American of appetites. Try the spicy green-chilli mac ‘n’ cheese or the flavourful fish tacos.
Draw up a stool at Soho’s coolest hangout, a New York urban experience from restaurateur Russell Norman. US-style comfort food includes truffled-egg toast – so good, it makes obesity seem like an attractive lifestyle choice.
by Nicky Evans and Nicole Fougère
This feature was updated in November 2012.